Twisted Tales by aprillee

Twisted Tales

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Added: Nov 13, 2002
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A scene from the _The Lord of the Rings_, Wormtongue is slowly poisoning the mind of Theoden, King of Rohan, while Eowyn stands helplessly by the throne. This was painted for Middle-earth: Dark Minions, a collectible card game set produced by Iron Crown Enterprises, 1997--well before the films and the latest card game. This painting is currently on exhibition with "Images of Middle Earth" presented by Arteventi and the Societa Tolkieniana Italiana in various cities in Italy and other places in Europe from 2002 to 2005.

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Guest's picture

very clever Laughing out loud

Guest's picture

Hum...! I like the idear...!Well done!

aprillee's picture

Thanks for your comments! I didn't use a model for any of these. I'm not sure why... I guess I just wasn't in the mood to use much photo-ref when I was working on that painting...!

I have read the books so often I had a bit of my own idea of how I thought they should look. But surprisingly, what I see in my head when I read books and what appears on paper when I actually try to draw the characters is totally different! You'd think as an artist it'd be easier to clearly visualize a character and then just put it down on paper, but for some reason, it never works that way for me...

abigailryder's picture

Ooooo... ahhhhh.... I love it! Ditto the other comments, great lighting and concept,-- and by the way, very nice color use as well. Also, the expression on Eowyn's face is just perfect. I wonder if you used a model or just knew what would be right? Well, this piece has a really nice drama to it. And there's no such thing as too much underlighting so stop that silly talk. Wink Cheers to ya.

aprillee's picture

I usually tend to be VERY literal with my art. It was unusual for me to put something fanciful like the shadow in a painting. I wasn't sure it would work, but I thought it did tell the story of what's happening in the scene. Thanks for the nice comments.

Guest's picture

I love this work, especially the shadows of Grima and King Theoden, i am a tolkien fan and am an artist myself bu ti really really like this, it shows what is really happening to the king and also what Grima actually is.,
beautifull!

Guest's picture

love the image of Grima's true nature on the wall - such a great idea!!

aprillee's picture

Oh, and regarding the interpretation and such--I'm usually just SO literal, I don't often do things like play with the shadow, like that. I have no idea how I managed to come up with that idea... Just some weird aberration!

-- But lighting, on the other hand, I've always loved underlighting. I use it more than I should, I think!

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Heh. Yeah, it was a surprise to me to get contacted for the exhibition, too. I suppose someone really did a big internet search for Tolkien art or something! Took a bit of checking around with other artists before I decided they weren't some people just wanting to con some free art! ^_^

swisnie's picture

April, wonderful lighting, not to mention interpretation!

aragorn's picture

I like this piece a lot. I am also in the exhibit in Italy, though I was surprised out of my mind when they invited me to be in it. Nice piece.

Art at its best.